How long did this take? A singular hobbyist working from his backyard put this together.
In 2007 I was privileged to go to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on a working anthropology trip for a class called Women, Witchcraft, and Religion. This is a gorgeous sunset I caught that evening as we were coming back to the hotel.
— PWA Participant Artist Dragonsong
Endings and beginnings can be bittersweet times of reflection. In this moment I’m pondering both; I recently moved out of the intentional community house I’ve lived in for the past five years. One of my favorite parts of living in our community was house dinner. Every Tuesday, we would gather to share a meal with the housemates, ranging from 5-10 people (you’d be surprised how many people you can fit in a 5 bedroom house!). I wrote this poem a couple weeks ago, in honor of our last house dinner. It’s filled with sweet and delicious memories from my time living with beloved community.
The Last House Dinner
by Bex Lipps
Family is who gathers at your table
Breaking fresh baked bread
Filling each bowl to the brim before
Holding hands for the ritual
Many meals over many years
We weekly circled round this table
Sharing the pulp of our hearts,
The labor of our hands
Cooking for each other is a love language
And we are fluent
With raucous cackling
We laugh at ourselves and our own absurdity
Was it even house dinner if your abs don’t ache?
Laughter is our medicine,
The doses plentiful and strong
Oh, drench me in hollyhock
And feed me to the hungry queers
Devour me with a side of roasted vegetables
Drizzled with balsamic memories
I will feed you homemade cookies
Until your soul is fully satisfied
If you promise to remember
This feeling of home
Say it with me
One last time:
One of the most unique websites out there is jeffbridges.com. I came across it years ago, when hearing him talk in an interview.
He uses an old drawing pad and stylus. Basically, the text is handwritten, and he includes many drawings and photographs. It is remarkable for its originality. He is an original.
I encourage you to explore it. There are all sorts of hidden gems, including photographs from his time on film sets.